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Reccomendations For Sc White Stoneware/porcelain

26 April 2015 - 09:23 AM

I have been considering a return to a white clay body with Standard Ceramics, ^6 range. I believe the last time I used a white body was with either the 240, or the buff/off white 553.  I was wondering as there are lots of folks out there using SC clays. . . what do you like/recommend. Remember that I can throw, and a challenging, but rewarding clay would not be a problem for me. . . . I think!  I usually split my order with two different clay bodies, a light and darker. This time with a light to medium and a white/off white.




When Do You Know To Start Regular Firing Of Your Kiln?

22 April 2015 - 04:38 PM

I was loading a kiln load up today, glazing as I went, loading each piece as I usually do into the kiln when finished with it. I set of my pre waxed taller pieces aside, working on the patens(plates). I go through a series of dip glazes, sprayed and poured glazes, and some atomized on stains. I then finish the foot ring by using a damp sponge on the foot rings of the patens while on the griffin grip. Chalices are done much the same, in batches of 2 or 4 to match patens. I placed the lid on the kiln(mine is not hinged, but has two handles) leaving a little space up top for early venting. I  also leave out the peep plugs on the top two layers.  All kiln switches were turned to 9 o'clock which is 25% on my switches.


An hour later, I have closed the lid, but leave the switches at the same position. What simple test could I use to tell when to start up the regular firing? This is for the newbies out there, and the experienced folks also. I have been noticing questions involving, shivering, spots on kiln shelves, and other things that this test could help alleviate. Answers folks?

Well Met At Nceca

01 April 2015 - 09:25 AM

By now, many of you have read the thread where I walked into the meeting with my hat off, and no one knew me. So I thought I would post a picture of me with my hat off here. It will be obvious why I wear a hat outside, as there is nothing worse than rain running off of a bald head down your neck. Other side of coin is the blazing sun that can leave blisters the size of quarters especially when demonstrating outside all day. So here is a pic taken with some great personalities that I met, Tom Roberts and John Baymore.

Lifting The Veil Of Naiveté

29 March 2015 - 04:32 PM

As mentioned before, I have never been good with names. I have seen a ton of pots over the years, some I liked, some I thought clunky, some I thought were chasing avante garde to be the next big thing, some I thought they were using the limits of technique for an excuse for poor design or craftsmanship. This is  part of my naivete and the lack of depth in my understanding of many aspects of ceramics. That said, this last NCECA was quite an eye opener in many ways. Going around with Tom, looking at and handling a number of pots clarified, and reinforced many of my own beliefs I had about ceramics that I had assumed were prejudices on my own part.


At the same time, I attended some sessions that exposed me to some different ideas, and artists. I also heard some say they never went to demonstrations because they knew most of what people were doing. Maybe I being a teacher, and having a pretty well rounded background in making would not get anything new out of them. However, I usually approach a demo in a different way. I may know the pots, but not the person. I go to a demo to relate to the person, to understand as best I can what influences them, and to see how they approach the work. Often I am quite surprised, and sometimes quite disappointed. At this NCECA I was blown away to discover a name I had never seen before, look at work that was completely new and fresh to me and to watch an individual that worked tirelessly demonstrating, answering questions and taking part in discussion with careful honest opinions. However, in retrospect he mouthed very little, but his work spoke volumes. I had never heard of Gustovo Perez before the conference, my bad. However, if you have never heard of him, or seen his work, please google him. In my humble opinion, he is akin to a Picasso of ceramics.


So have you gone to an event, and seen something or someone that you have never heard of or seen before that raised your "veil of naivete"?




Nc Potters Conference

19 December 2014 - 07:36 PM

I just got an email on the NC Potters conference. This year theme is Japan. The following link is to the conference info.




I hope I did not cross any lines by posting this. I have enjoyed this conference the two times I have attended, and will be looking forward to this years.